The Chambre des notaires is the professional order for notaries in Quebec.
A Professional Order
The Chambre des notaires is the name of the professional order for notaries. It is the umbrella group for all notaires in Quebec and ensures that they have successfully completed all the training they need.
A Source of Legal Information
The Chambre des notaires is a source of legal information for notaries and the general public.
The Chambre des notaires doesn't just oversee the work of notaries; it also provides them with tools to help them do their work. The Chambre publishes a journal called the Revue du Notariat and creates books on various legal topics, such as family law, bankruptcy and the sale of property.
The Chambre also offers ongoing education courses for notaries to keep them up-to-date with changes to the law. The courses also let them broaden their knowledge throughout their careers
For the Public
On its website, the Chambre des notaires has videos and texts for the public that explain topics such as wills and marriage contracts.
Also, since certain areas of the law are complex, the Chambre has a telephone information line so the public can speak to notaries and information officers to ask them questions. This service is called 1-800-Notaire. You can also ask questions over the Internet: this service is called 1-800-Notaire 2.0 (in French only).
The Chambre also has a tool to help people find a notary.
An Expert Opinion
The Chambre des notaires plays an important role as a source of expert opinions. It participates in discussions with the government about various legal subjects, points out certain legal and social problems, makes recommendations to the government about proposed laws and suggests changes to existing laws.
For example, the Chambre recommended that the government change the law to allow same sex marriage. It also recommended recognizing the right to assisted suicide.
This article explains in a general way the law that applies in Quebec. This article is not a legal opinion or legal advice. To find out the specific rules for your situation, consult a lawyer or notary.